Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cyan Supplies SDN-enabled Packet-Optical in Auckland

Vocus Communications, which provides telecommunications and data center services to ISPs in Australia and New Zealand, is deploying the Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms and the Cyan 360 software-defined network (SDN) operations system for its newly constructed network in Auckland.

The initial deployment consists of Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms configured with wavelength selectable switch (WSS) reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) and 10G service modules. Vocus will employ Cyan 360 SDN operations systems to facilitate multi-layer planning, management and performance verification of the network. Cyan's metro SDN solution also supports multi-vendor integration to maintain operational simplicity while using best-in-class ecosystem components. Financial terms were not disclosed.



XO First to Implement 100G on Nationwide Long-haul Network

XO Communications has become the first service provider in the U.S. to deploy 100 Gbps across its long-haul fiber network on a nationwide basis.

XO is using Nokia Siemens Networks' hiT7300 DWDM optical transmission platform, which is capable of carrying 96 100G wavelengths simultaneously for a maximum capacity of 9.6 terabits per second per fiber. Coherent technology enables transmission over existing fiber. The system can scale to 400G and beyond. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks said that by offering DCM-free transmission, its solution enables lower latency (less delay) in data transmission. It supports colorless, directionless ROADM functionality.

XO said the increased capacity gives it the flexibility to more efficiently manage the increasing data traffic across its network from enterprise and wholesale customers’ Internet, video, mobile data and cloud-based enterprise applications. The carrier plans to offer 100 Gbps optical network services to cable companies, mobile wireless service providers, and domestic and international telecommunications companies.

"While other telecommunications companies have deployed or tested 100G optical systems across portions of their networks, XO Communications is the first service provider to deploy 100G technology on an operational basis coast-to-coast across its nationwide fiber network,” said Randy Nicklas, senior vice president and chief technology officer for XO Communications. “By making this leap to 100G, XO Communications is taking a leadership role in utilization of optical networking and offering customers the network infrastructure and services needed in order to deliver today’s cloud computing, mobile wireless and Internet video delivery platforms and services."

"We are happy to play a key role in enabling XO Communications to reach this important industry milestone," said Jim Benson, head of Optical Networks for the Americas at Nokia Siemens Networks. “With the use of our high performance 100G coherent technology, XO Communications has built an automated, high capacity, state of the art network that will allow it to provide end customers with very low latency service connections coast-to-coast."


JDSU to Acquire Korea's GenComm for Wireless Testing

JDSU agreed to acquire GenComm, a provider of wireless test and measurement solutions based in Seoul, South Korea.    Financial terms were not disclosed.

GenComm’s solutions, which are currently distributed by JDSU under an OEM relationship, are used to provision wireless services. Revenue from GenComm products was more than $7.5 million of JDSU’s Communications Test and Measurement business segment revenue in fiscal year 2012.

"The GenComm acquisition will be a great strategic fit for JDSU, allowing us to leverage strong engineering wireless expertise and technology that will help us innovate new ways to support 2G, 3G and emerging 4G networks,” said David Heard, president of JDSU’s Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "Adding the expertise of GenComm’s team in South Korea also expands JDSU’s presence in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region."


Poland's Netia Extends Managed Services with Ericsson

Netia, one of Poland's largest providers of fixed-line telecommunications services, has renewed its Managed Services Agreement with Ericsson. Under the four-year contract, Ericsson is responsible for the maintenance and management of Netia's networks, as well as supporting the provision of services to Netia Group's residential and business users. The renewed and expanded contract covers the same range of cooperation as the previous agreement, while expanding its geographical reachto include the Telefonia Dialog and Crowley telecommunication networks acquired by Netia Group in December 2011.

The agreement covers two main areas: services provision, and the transfer of contracts concerning employees, assets and agreements of Netia Group. About 190 additional Netia Group employees will be transferred to Ericsson Poland.

JDSU's Quarterly Revenue Rises to $439 Million

JDSU reported net revenue of $439.3 million and net loss was $(24.3) million, or $(0.10) per share.  This compares to net revenue of $409.2 million and net loss of $(17.4) million, or $ (0.08) per share for the prior quarter, and net revenue of $471.8 million and net income of $9.3 million, or $0.04 per share for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011 (ended June 30, 2011). The GAAP net loss for the fourth fiscal quarter is inclusive of a $23.7 million impairment charge of certain long-lived assets and $10.5 million of insurance proceeds associated with the Thailand flood.

For fiscal 2012, net revenue of $1,682.1 million decreased 6.8% from $1,804.5 million for fiscal 2011. The net loss for fiscal 2012 of $(57.7) million, or $(0.25) per share, compared to a net income of $71.6 million, or $0.31 per share, for fiscal 2011.

Some highlights:

  • Communications Test and Measurement revenue of $196.2 million increased by 10.3% compared to the prior quarter and decreased 7.1% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. Revenue from this segment represented 44.7% of total net revenue.
  • Communications and Commercial Optical Products revenue of $185.0 million increased 6.9% compared to the prior quarter and decreased 8.6% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.  Revenue from this segment represented 42.1% of total net revenue.
  • Advanced Optical Technologies revenue of $58.1 million decreased less than 1% compared to the prior quarter and decreased 1% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.  Revenue from this segment represented 13.2% of total net revenue.

Marvell Unveils 3G Platform for both TD-SCDMA and WCDMA

Marvell announced a single unified 3G platform featuring its next-generation single-chip application and communications processor System-on-Chips (SoCs) combined with its Wi-Fi + Bluetooth + FM radio + Near Field Communications (NFC) + GPS chips, RF transceivers and integrated PMIC solutions.  The unified 3G platform supports both Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA) and Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) markets.

With pin-to-pin compatibility, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can leverage the same printed circuit board (PCB) and ID designs, and operating system, application and multimedia software to address both the WCDMA and TD-SCDMA markets, which is expected to greatly simplify design cycles and reduce unnecessary cost. Engineering samples for the unified platform are available now.

"I believe Marvell's advanced, single unified dual-core 3G platform will deliver high-performance, affordable smartphones and tablets to the global mass market. In the new era of the 'Connected Lifestyle,' I believe it is important for mobile devices, such as tablets, to have a highly integrated single-chip solution, combining a high-performance application processor and an always connected modem with high-end graphics and HD video capabilities," said Weili Dai, Co-founder of Marvell. "I am very proud and thankful for Marvell's global team of talented engineers, partners and Tier-1 customers in the mobile ecosystem, for their hard work, innovation and dedication to move the industry forward faster."

Ericsson Selected for WCDMA/LTE in Poland

Polkomtel and Aero2 have chosen Ericsson to supply WCDMA and LTE infrastructure in northern and western Poland. The project includes design, deployment, integration and support for the upgraded mobile broadband network for a period of three years, followed by an automatic extension for an indefinite period. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson has been a partner of Polkomtel's since 2002, providing and implementing GSM and WCDMA networks, as well as microwave transmission, IP and packet core solutions.

Procera Appoints VP of Global Support

Procera Networks appointed Trevis Schuh as vice president of Global Support and Quality. Most recently he was the vice president of Worldwide Support and Services at Meru Networks and, before that, he was vice president of Worldwide Customer Service for Trapeze Networks.  He also held management roles at Spectralink, Global Crossing and Frontier Communications.